Coronavirus Announcements, Thursday, March 19
Local State of Emergency Declared by Town of Jupiter
On Thursday, March 19, 2020, the Town of Jupiter declared a Local State of Emergency due to the threat of COVID-19. This emergency declaration readies the Town to implement certain measures it may deem necessary in order to quickly and adequately respond to situations related to the pandemic.
The health and well-being of the community is the Town’s top priority. The Town would like to reassure the public that it is taking action to ensure that critical public services are being provided to address the community’s needs. In addition, it is taking steps to ensure the safety and well-being of the employees that provide those services by encouraging best practices like social distancing, cleaning of work areas and frequent hand-washing. In addition, employees are being given the flexibility to address their personal health and the well-being of their families and loved-ones.
March 19 Update for Cancellations, Closures and Changes to Service
Town Hall and Town facilities remain open at this time with the following event, program and service limitations:
- Special events and Recreation programs and classes. A list of cancelled events and programs may be found on the Recreation section of the Town’s website.
- Jupiter-Tequesta Athletic Association (JTAA) Youth Leagues including practices and games.
- Non-essential meetings of Town Boards and Committees. See the Town’s agendas website for specific board meeting information and cancellations.
- Town parks are currently open, but with the following reminders and restrictions:
- The Jupiter Skate Park will be operating with a maximum capacity of 25 participants. No new participants will be allowed. All participants must have previously completed a liability waiver for 2020.
- While parks are currently open, restroom facilities will no longer be available at the following Town of Jupiter parks due to low inventory and lack of availability of sanitary supplies. Please plan accordingly when visiting these Town parks:
- Cinquez Park
- Jupiter Village Park
- Lighthouse Park
- Maplewood Park
- Sawfish Bay Park
- Abacoa Community Park (next to Skate Park) – limited availability
- Jupiter Community Park (first floor of softball quad building) – limited availability
- Waste Management, the Town’s waste collection service provider, is taking necessary steps in response to the recommended mitigation strategies. Effective March 18, 2020, they temporarily closed their residential call centers. However, customers may still get assistance through email and live chat at wm.com. At this time, there is no impact to scheduled residential collection services.
- The Police Department Lobby has been temporarily closed. Non-essential employees in the Police Department have been excused while the facility is cleaned and disinfected due to an employee who is being evaluated for symptoms consistent with COVID-19. Road patrol continues to operate normally, using the precautions that have been put in place for first-responders, and holding briefings in outdoor areas.
- In working to protect its residents, business and employees from COVID-19, the Town urges the public to restrict non-essential contact by:
- Using Online Services: Pay utility bills, request permits, renew or request business licenses, file development applications and search public records by visiting www.jupiter.fl.us/eservices.
- Communicating Electronically: Contact Town officials and Town staff via email, telephone, and online. A searchable staff directory is available at www.jupiter.fl.us/directory. Use the “Let Us Know” button on the Town’s homepage to ask questions or provide input.
- Deferring Non-essential Services: The Town may suspend some services, like home visits by our Utilities Customer Service and Laboratory staff, to limit personal interaction during this time. Please use any of the contact methods listed above to inquire about non-essential services that may be suspended.
We appreciate the community’s support during this unprecedented occurrence, and will continue to assess the situation regularly and publish updates on service availability via email, on our website and social media sites.